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from A Field Guide to North American Blurbs

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in Craft Notes | 0 comments

As I’m preparing two blurbs this weekend, I’m looking at a lot of blurbs and thinking about the genre. Maybe there are some observations to be made about the varieties of blurb so you’ll recognize them in the wild. Maybe you’ll comment, sharing some of your favorite blurbs…   Lavish The genre of the recommendation letter, a friend once...

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As far as you can throw them: disjecta membra on self-portraits and the ken of similes

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in Craft Notes | 0 comments

Maybe, as Charles Wright says, a poem is always a self-portrait, though what exactly that means for the poem’s shape, or the way it treats its reader, is less than a simple matter, as I considered in my last two postings. I’m not yet through thinking about the relationship between ekphrasis and self-portrait poems, but, reading Weston Cutter’s...

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More on the Self-Portrait: Self-Portrait as Ekphrasis, Ekphrasis as Refraction, Refraction as Reflection

Posted by on Jul 5, 2011 in Craft Notes | 0 comments

Last week, writing about the self-portrait, when I speculated parenthetically that the self-portrait poem may be a kind of ekphrastic poem, I had two things in mind. The first was that, to the extent that one can (as a painter must) treat oneself as the object, what the poet could say about him- or her-self–and the way he or she could say it–would be...

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